Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Apr 2010 14:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yeah, we're continuing with the mobile news for now. As it turns out, there are two ways to deal with ever increasing competition. Where Apple sued HTC, Microsoft has decided to do what it does best: they're trying to extract some form of profit out of the rising popularity of Android phones. This morning, the Redmond giant announced it signed a patent licensing agreement with HTC.
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RE: This is Android Specific
by japh on Thu 29th Apr 2010 07:09 UTC in reply to "This is Android Specific"
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What I really can't understand, though, is why if nobody believes there are patents in Linux that MS owns, the Linux foundation (don't they own the Trademark on Linux) don't sue MS for libel and slander and defamation of character or whatever the business version of this is.


Because most people are probably pretty sure that Linux is in fact has parts that are covered by patents. Considering how broad patents are granted and how obvious things are being patented, I'd say that not infringing on any Microsoft patent would be really hard.

Even when those patents are not good, you probably don't want to take on one of the largest lawyer armies in the world to try to prove that.

It doesn't matter if you're right if you have to forfeit because you run out of money. I'm sure Microsoft would like nothing better than to bankrupt the Linux foundation while still not showing a list of all the patents Ballmer talked about.

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